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Notes on "The Yellow Wall Paper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Introduction

The Yellow Wall Paper Charlotte Perkins Gilman The style of the first few paragraphs - It's very terse, little sentences. - Colloquial - Conversational style of language. - She is completely passive, Accepting or allowing what others do, without active response. She is almost the experiment to her husband who is a physician; she's taking whatever medicine he gives her. - 'Dead Paper' - The contrast which will turn into 'live paper'. The second few paragraphs - There are frequent paragraph breaks because she's trying to create impression of real self-helplessness. She knows exactly the state she is in. - Rebellious streak in line, ''I did write for a while in spite of them''. This means she refused to obey in spite of what her husband told her to do. - Isolation, the building she's in is isolated from the landscape. ...read more.

Middle

- She is very analytical, looking closely at the colour and closely intrigued by the pattern. - The paragraphs are very telegraphic, short and concise because her husband might come in any moment. TERSE STYLE - She is predominately on edge although the medicine is supposed to be a rest cure. - The writer comes back to the main it of the story, the Wall Paper very quickly - PROLPETIC IRONY here helps to create the character. With a passage of time irony is revealed. - The use of tiny short sentences and paragraphs is something she is doing in a therapeutic way. She's squeezing ideas out to reveal how she feels. - Passage of time is noticed by the nurses The fourth few paragraphs - EPISTOLARY NARRATIVE (in the form of letters or series of bulletins) starts here, '' I am sitting by the window now, up in this atrocious nursery, and there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength. ...read more.

Conclusion

- She says this although an inanimate thing can't have expression. She has a big imagination - She also uses the word 'inharmonious' which means not forming to a pleasing whole and it doesn't match in the context she's used it in, '' The furniture in this room is no worse than inharmonious.'' - UNRELIABLE NARRATOR is like a liar, but sometimes done without awareness, e.g '' The wall paper, as I said before, is torn off in spots, and it sticketh closer than a brother - they must have had a perseverance as hatred.'' It could have been her or it could have been the children. - The routes of language go back a very long way The fifth few paragraphs - This is where the wall paper changes, '' This wall paper has a kind of sub-pattern in a different shade, a particularly irritating one, for you can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then.'' - The word 'Sister' has useful double meanings, could be his sister or the nurse. ...read more.

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